New York Awards and Scholarships

New York Awards and Scholarships

We are no longer accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Scholarship applications will be available here starting in January 2015 with a due date in early June 2015.

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York campus offers two scholarships, one for domestic and one for international non-matriculated students, and one award for current students. They are the Johnny Depp Scholarship, the Eleonora Duse Scholarship, and The Vincent D’Onofrio Award.

JOHNNY DEPP SCHOLARSHIP

Description

The Johnny Depp Scholarship is annually awarded to one passionate student dedicated to lifelong artistic development and actor training. The winning candidate will be selected based on the applicant’s artistic achievements, community leadership, and interest in Lee Strasberg’s work. Johnny Depp is an international star whose dedication to his craft and the specifics of each moment has yielded some of this generation’s most nuanced and alive performances. His boundless imagination, paired with his incredible devotion to the investigation of human behavior and the resulting specificity of his characters, makes Johnny Depp a model for all actors at the beginning of their careers and a brilliant standard for this scholarship recipient.

The Johnny Depp Scholarship is open to domestic non-matriculated students only. (International students should apply for the Eleonora Duse Scholarship). To be considered, individuals must submit the completed application and required supplemental materials. The Johnny Depp Scholarship is awarded each academic year for one year of full-time study in the Two-Year Conservatory at the New York Campus (A second year of scholarship may be awarded to the recipient after a review of his/her performance). Scholarship recipients should expect to begin their studies at the start of the Fall semester. Completed applications, including all supplemental information, must be postmarked by June 2nd.

Applications should be mailed to:

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Attn: The Johnny Depp Scholarship
115 East 15th Street | Lee Strasberg Way
New York, NY 10003

For more information about the scholarship program or our Two-Year Conservatory Program, please contact the Institute at 212-533-5500 or email [email protected].

Candidate Requirements

The candidate must:

  • Be 18 years or older by September 15, 2014 (start of the Fall semester)
  • Be a domestic student
  • Be a non-matriculated student of the Institute for both the New York and West Hollywood campus
  • Have completed high school or the equivalent with a 2.5 GPA (75/100) or higher

Application Requirements

Please submit:

  • One completed scholarship application
  • Two letters of recommendation, no more than 6 months old, from a professional or teacher who can speak on your work
  • One passport sized photo, for identification purposes only
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Copy of your latest transcript

Optionally, you may submit:

  • A reel of your work

Important Dates

January 6, 2014: Application available for download via the Institute’s website
June 2, 2014: Application deadline; all materials must be postmarked by this date
June/July: Candidate Interviews (in person or via Skype)
August 1, 2014: All applicants notified via email of their application status

Please Note

  • If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you will not be considered.
  • Application materials will not be returned.
  • After we receive your completed application, you will receive a confirmation receipt email from the Institute.
  • If we receive an incomplete application, you will receive one email noting what is missing. It is your responsibility to submit the missing materials, and you will not receive additional emails as to the status of your application.
  • Housing and educational materials are not included with the scholarship, and the winning candidate will need to make his/her own housing arrangements.
  • There is no audition, but if you are selected as a finalist, there is an interview that can be completed via Skype or in person.
  • If you have applied in past years and were not selected as the scholarship recipient, you are welcome to apply again.
  • The scholarship application is the only application you need to complete; you do not need to submit the standard application for admission to the school.

ELEONORA DUSE SCHOLARSHIP

Description

The Eleonora Duse Scholarship is annually awarded to one passionate student dedicated to lifelong artistic development and actor training. The winning candidate will be selected based on the applicant’s artistic achievements, community leadership, and interest in Lee Strasberg’s work. Eleonora Duse was an inspiration to Lee Strasberg and an early case study in the development of Stanislavsky’s “System” and The Method. As a result, this scholarship represents the artistic relationship between these theatrical magnates and the Institute’s role in developing future generations of vibrant international actors.

The Eleonora Duse scholarship is open to international non-matriculated students only. (Domestic students should apply for the Johnny Depp Scholarship). To be considered, individuals must submit the completed application and required supplemental materials. The Eleonora Duse Scholarship is awarded each academic year for one year of full-time study in the Two-Year Conservatory Program at the New York Campus (A second year of scholarship may be awarded to the recipient after a review of his/her performance). Scholarship recipients should expect to begin their studies at the start of the Fall semester. Completed applications, including all supplemental information, must be postmarked by June 2nd.

Applications should be mailed to:

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Attn: The Eleonora Duse Scholarship
115 East 15th Street | Lee Strasberg Way
New York, NY 10003

For more information about the scholarship program or our Two-Year Conservatory Program, please contact the Institute at 212-533-5500 or email [email protected].

Candidate Requirements

The candidate must:

  • Be 18 years or older by September 15, 2014 (start of the Fall semester)
  • Be an international student
  • Be a non-matriculated student of the Institute for both the New York and West Hollywood campus
  • Have completed high school or the equivalent with a 2.5 GPA (75/100) or higher

Application Requirements

Please submit:

  • One completed scholarship application
  • Two letters of recommendation, no more than 6 months old, from a professional or teacher who can speak on your work
  • One passport sized photo, for identification purposes only
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Copy of your latest transcript

Non-native English speakers must submit:

  • TOEFL exam results with a score of 85 or higher

Optionally, you may submit:

  • A reel of your work

Important Dates

January 2014: Application available for download via the Institute’s website
June 2, 2014: Application deadline; all materials must be postmarked by this date
June/July: Candidate Interviews (in person or via Skype)
August 1, 2014: All applicants notified via email of their application status

Please Note

  • If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you will not be considered.
  • Application materials will not be returned.
  • After we receive your completed application, you will receive a confirmation receipt email from the Institute.
  • If we receive an incomplete application, you will receive one email noting what is missing. It is your responsibility to submit the missing materials, and you will not receive additional emails as to the status of your application.
  • Housing and educational materials are not included with the scholarship, and the winning candidate will need to make his/her own housing arrangements.
  • There is no audition, but if you are selected as a finalist, there is an interview that can be completed via Skype or in person.
  • If you have applied in past years and were not selected as the scholarship recipient, you are welcome to apply again.
  • The scholarship application is the only application you need to complete; you do not need to submit the standard application for admission to the school.

VINCENT D’ONOFRIO AWARD

The Vincent D’Onofrio Award recognizes a current Institute student who embodies the characteristics of this great and versatile performer. This scholarship is presented to a matriculated student, either domestic or international, with a passion for the craft of acting, unique talent, and a dedication to life-long artistic development.